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Poll: What's your favorite book about Los Angeles?

April 12, 2011 |  7:50 am


It's the top 12, the final dozen, your 12 favorite books about Los Angeles! Which will emerge as the favorite among them all? Vote now, below: Choose among Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy, Bret Easton Ellis and Joan Didion, John Fante and Nathanael West, Mike Davis and Thomas Pynchon. 

A week ago, we asked you to tell us your favorite books about Los Angeles; the answers came pouring in on Twitter and Facebook, so many that we had a runoff. A few who performed well -- Dawn Schiller, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez and Terrill Lee Lankford -- also made our top 12, after rallying votes in their favor.

Now, vote for your favorite Los Angeles book: Your 12 finalists are listed alphabetically by title below. The polls will close Thursday morning.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photos: Raymond Chandler, left, from the book "The Long Embrace" by Judith Freeman. Credit: Knopf. Right, James Ellroy in 2009 on the grounds of Arroyo High School in El Monte, where his mother's body was found in 1957. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times